London, Sept. 15 (PTI): Britain’s deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has spoken out against the £3,000 visa bond scheme, which would affect visitors from certain “high risk” countries including India.
“I am absolutely not interested in a bond which becomes an indiscriminate way of clobbering people who want to come to this country,” Clegg told the BBC. He said the bonds “are certainly not going to go ahead” on that basis.
Clegg is the latest senior figure from the Liberal Democrat party to speak out against the scheme. Earlier this week, senior party colleague and UK business secretary Vince Cable had attacked the plan.
Clegg confirmed the decision was yet to be finalised. “Of course, in a coalition I can stop things,” he added.
UK home secretary Theresa May has set the amount at £3,000 (around Rs 3 lakh), which will be refunded upon departure but forfeited if visitors overstay their visas.
A pilot project scheduled for November is expected to affect India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Ghana.